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Seniors grab draw with Harps (03/05/13)

posted 5 May 2013, 05:51 by Unknown user   [ updated 5 May 2013, 13:08 ]



Match ball sponsor – John Grugan

Armagh Harps were the visitors to a wet soaked Pairc na Gael on Friday evening. In a dramatic finish, Gavin McParland grabbed an injury time goal to secure a share of the spoils.

The Harps got the first score of the game with a pointed free after less than a minute. This was short lived as on the 3rd minute Dominic and Gavin McParland linked well with Gavins shot hitting the butt of the post but Jack Grugan showed great reaction to rattle the rebound to the net. Harps responded with a brace of points before Gareth Watters got his sides first point on the 10th minute after some good play from Rory Grugan. A Brian McCone pointed free edged the 'Nab further in front. The visitors began to get a better grasp of the game and on the scoreboard with four unanswered points all from dead balls. Against the run of play, the 'Nab broke through the Harps rearguard and Gavin McParland burst through to fire home another goal to leave Ballymacnab leading 2-02 to 0-07 at the break.

At the restart a Brian McCone point put the 'Nab two up after a inspirational attack led by Paudi Crilly. Harps hit back and within a few minutes  turned the game on its head when they hit 1-2 in quick succession. Damian McGeown pulled back a point but four minutes from time the Harps hit a second goal which looked enough to have got them over the line. However, the 'Nab were far from finish with Brian McCone chipping over two pointed frees. With one final push and the final whistle approaching the lads launched a final attack and a high ball towards the square saw Gavin McParland fist the ball to the net. Referee Jim Lynch called a halt to proceedings from the resulting kick out as both sides had to be content with a point each.

Team: Sean Hughes, Chris Loughran, Ruairi Gribben, Sean Lynch, James Gray, Paudi Crilly, Dominic McParland, Sean McArdle, Rory Grugan, Gareth Watters (0-1), Brian McCone (Capt 0-4), Joe Gribben, Gavin McParland (2-0), Jack Grugan (1-0), Damian McGeown (0-1). Subs: Michael Beagan for J.Grugan, Brendan Gribben for G.Watters